ABC's Pierre Thomas continued Mean Streets, his revealing series on teenage gang crime. It is striking how tiny the gangs are for the mayhem they cause. Yesterday Thomas (subscription required) told us about the iiBloods in East Orange NJ: the group had just 42 members yet was responsible for two dozen murders. Next he went to Palm Beach County Fla where the gangs are even smaller: just 3,000 hoodlums spread across 200 rival outfits. Nevertheless there is "enormous fire power on the street," Thomas reported, showing off impounded assault weapons. Police told him most of the violence arose from a "fierce turf war" for control of the county's narcotics and prostitution among just ten of the 200 gangs.
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